Interactive pedestrian crossing provides alerts for drivers

Interactive pedestrian crossing provides alerts for drivers

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An aspect of life that is taught to children from an early age, crossing the road safely is something everyone has to do on a daily basis. Although lesson learnt as a child will always be useful, new technology created by insurer Direct Line and built by urban design specialists Umbrellium hopes to encapsulate drivers into the safe crossing experience. The Starling Crossing – or Stigmergic Adaptive Responsive Learning Crossing – uses familiar and understandable road markings and colours to react to different conditions in real-time. The crossing is able to modify the patterns, layout, configuration, size and orientation of pedestrian crossings in order to prioritise pedestrian safety. The entire road surface at the crossing area is monitored by cameras and embedded with computer-controlled LEDs that can be seen from all angles during both day and night.

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